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28 DECEMBER 1888, Two men die in a slip of ground in Bultfontein Mine.

The Diamond Fields Advertiser reported the tragedy on 29 December 1888:

“Fatal Mining Accident at Bultfontein
Last night an accident happened in the claims of the Bultfontein Mining Company by which a European named Driscoll and a native met their death. The two men were working in a pole pit when a slip of blue ground occurred and they became entombed. Every effort was made to get at the unfortunate men in the hope of rescuing them before life became extinct but all without avail.”
Daniel Frank Driscoll was married to WM Driscoll, no names given, and was aged 32 years and 11 months when he died.
He is buried in the Dutoitspan cemetery.
Nothing whatsoever is known about the Black miner. The nearest cemetery for the Blacks who died in the Dutoitspan/Bultfontein area was the Bultfontein cemetery near Greenpoint.


The Pioneer cemetery was originally known as the Transvaal Road cemetery, although it is now on the corner of Maude Street and the aptly named Cemetery Road. It replaced the Old De Beers cemetery in St Alban’s churchyard. It opened on (about) 1 August 1871 and closed on 31 March 1905. Countess Ida Labia donated the entrance gates in memory of her father, Sir James B. Robinson, Bart., and also of her sister Elizabeth who lies buried within. The overgrown and seemingly disused area to the west of the cemetery is the black pioneer burial ground according to old maps. The Jewish section of the pioneer cemetery is the walled in enclosure to the north of the black pioneer graveyard.

From Kimberley Calls and Recalls on Facebook By Steve Lunderstedt

Addition by the Kimberley City Info Webmaster – Recent history.

28 December 2013,  Northern Cape ANC Treasurer, Yolanda Botha, died at the Gariep MediClinic in Kimberley yesterday morning after a long fight with cancer.

Extract from the DFA: “One of the co-accused in the ongoing Trifecta trial, Botha recently made headlines when Northern Cape High Court Judge, Mathebe Phatshoane, requested a second opinion on whether the former head of department for Social Services and Population Development was medically fit to stand trial on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Botha began her political career in 1993 in her hometown, Upington, with the ruling party where she served as the first branch secretary in the Upington, ANC Extension branch. She served in the position until 1994.

After that she was elected provincial treasurer of the ANC Women’s League and served from 1997 to 2001.

The 48-year-old was also a member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee from 1996 until her death and was elected a member of the ANC Women’s League national executive committee in 2003 where she served until her death.”


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